“I was more excited than nervous,” Nadal said. “I had nothing to lose and everything to win.”
For those that don’t remember their first-ever meeting, a 17-year-old Nadal dismantled the then-No. 1-ranked Federer 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour. The commentators post-match remarks may give you goosebumps: “A quite astonishing win by a young man whose progress is so fast, so rapid, that one wonders where it will all end.”
Amazingly for the sport and its fans, it hasn’t ended yet.
Federer is on his way to the ATP Masters 1000 in Shanghai, while Nadal is resting a left wrist injury.